Crafternoon Postponed

Crafternoon scheduled for today, Tuesday, March 19th, has been postponed until Tuesday, April 23rd.  Registration will be necessary because the supplies for this string art class are specific to this project alone and not the supplies we usually have available.  Stay tuned for more details in early April.

2019 VFL Photo Competition

Reminder:  If you would like to enter the Library Photo Competition, please submit up to 3 photos by Thursday, March 28th.  Photo sizes may be 5*7 or 8*10.  Each should be matted and should have a photo submission form attached.  More details and a copy of the photo submission form can be found by clicking the link 2019 Photo Competition and Exhibit at the top of this page.  The Photo Exhibit will be held at the Valatie Senior Center / Williams Street / Valatie on Sunday, April 7th from 2 – 4 p.m.

New York State Libraries Need Your Help

New York State libraries are important sources of enjoyment (books and media), education (research) learning life skills (applying for jobs, learning how to use today’s technology).  They also save patrons money, and in most cases, that savings is significant.  However, in the Governor’s proposed 2019 budget,  funding for libraries throughout New York State is five million dollars less than what was in last year’s enacted state budget.  If you oppose this cut, please contact your legislators to let them know that we need their support for libraries.  You can easily do this in less than 3 minutes by clicking here and completing the brief form on the New York Library Association page.  When you complete the form, click the SUBMIT button.  You will be able to read the brief letter being sent to the legislators.  Click SUBMIT again.  Thank you to all who help state libraries by doing this.  Now check out these pictures of Valatie Free Library patrons who saved an amazing amount of money by using the Library.  Thank you to these supporters who let us take and post their pictures.  


Mandala Making with Nancy Kohler – 2/8/19

Break through the winter doldrums with a guided mediation and drawing exercise led by local teaching artist, Nancy Kohler on Friday, February 8, 2019 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Valatie Free Library.  No prior experience is necessary, open to everyone. Bring your colored pencils and an open mind – the rest will be supplied by the Library.  If you do not have colored pencils, we will provide them.

A light introduction to the work of Judith Cornell, Author of Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing and Drawing the Light from Within: Keys to Awaken Your Creative Power, will be explored.
Join us for a unique workshop.

Box Forts and Bookends 1/28 and 1/29 at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, January 28th at 5:30 p.m. STEAM. Design a box fort and build one using various materials that we will provide. Workshop is intended for all ages.

Tuesday, January 29th at 5:30 p.m. Crafternoon. We will be decorating the Library’s bookends, collage style. Bring your creativity and a friend!  Workshop is intended for all ages.😀

Coding Fun

As evident from the smiles of these three who attended our coding class with Habib on Tuesday, coding  is fun.  The next coding workshop is on Tuesday, February 26th.  Join us to work at your own pace to build your coding design and solve each puzzle.

Henry Knox Trail in Valatie

                    A Dangerous Moment

We invite you to stop in to view the new look in the recently renovated section of the Valatie Free Library.   Jarvis Baillargeon’s paintings of the Revolutionary War Henry Knox Trail are now hanging there.  Not only are they a beautiful addition to the Library and an enhancement to the room; they also recapture a historical event, transport of canons  from Ticonderoga to Boston.  One of the stops on that journey was a building behind the present VMA and very close to the present Valatie Free Library.  When you are here, take a booklet which describes the history depicted in each painting.  Relive our local heritage!  Thank you to the Baillargeon family for donating these paintings to the Valatie Free Library.  We are very grateful to be able to share them with Community.

Paint and Sip Is Back – 1/18/19

Paint and Sip with Amy DeWeerd is back.  Join us on Friday, January 18 at 6:30 p.m. for another great class with Amy.  Make a painting that you will be proud to display.  Enjoy a treat and coffee, tea or hot chocolate.  What a great way to spend a cold, windy  January night!  Please call 518-758-9321 to register so that we have enough supplies.

Lego Challenge Change

Now you can build with Lego bricks every Tuesday of the month.  Visit the Library on any Tuesday between 12 and 5 p.m. to construct your very own architectural masterpiece!  Choose from a variety of different Lego pieces and Duplos.  All ages are welcome.  No registration is necessary.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Our deepest appreciation goes to all who helped us provide a happy Christmas to an Ichabod Crane family.  Thank you for the gifts, the food and the money to buy clothes and toys.

Our appreciation also goes to the many people who made our Christmas cookie decorating party on Saturday such a fun and successful occasion.   Thank you to the kids and parents who attended, to Santa Claus who listened to all the Christmas requests, to Amy who made 125 delicious sugar cookies in at least 5 different seasonal shapes and to Tots the Clown who provided the wonderful balloons.  Thank you to library staff:  Lauren, who organized both events and Lucille, who was always there when a task needed to be completed.

A very special shout-out goes to Ichabod Crane senior Nicole, who wrapped all the presents, helped prepare the frosting bags, handed out cookies, helped kids with decorating and worked on cleanup.

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